Cycling culture and socialisation: modelling the effect of immigrant origin on cycling in Denmark and the Netherlands

The next Transport Thursday is in about 2 weeks. Dr. ir. Maarten Kroesen will give a Transport Thursday lunch lecture about cycling culture and socialisation. During this lunch lecture he will elaborate on recent work (with co-authors Sonja Haustein and Ismir Mulalic) in which the effect of immigrant origin on cycling was modelled. This lunch lecture will take place 7th of March, starting 12:30 at lecture hall H, TPM faculty. Hope to see you there! Don't forget to sign up!

Research on mode choice has shown an increased interest in factors of travel socialisation. This includes the effect of parents’ and peers’ norms, attitudes and behaviour on mode choice  and the effect of specific events in the personal mobility biography, such as the move to a different mobility culture. Another approach to reveal the effects of travel socialisation is to examine immigrants’ mobility behaviour. Immigrants live in the same mobility culture as natives, but they have additionally been exposed to other cultural influences, either directly or mediated by their parents in case of descendants. In a European context, identified differences between natives and immigrants include that immigrants use public transportation more often and cycle less, especially immigrant women of non-Western origin. This research contributes to existing studies on travel socialisation by extending it to a cross-cultural perspective. In particular, we focus on differences in cycling behaviour between natives and immigrants in two ‘cycling-oriented’ cultures, namely Denmark and The Netherlands. Cycling (as compared to the use of motorised modes) has many benefits both on a societal level—when contributing to a decrease of congestion and of air and noise pollution—as well as on an individual level, where the benefits from increased physical activity clearly outweigh potential risks. For immigrants to cycling countries it can have additional benefits as it may increase their mobility options and may serve as a tool of social integration, as experiences from cycling courses in Denmark and the Netherlands illustrate. The comparison of the results between two cycling countries (the Netherlands and Denmark) is expected to offer further insight into factors that may facilitate cycling among immigrants and to provide a basis for future research and interventions to increase cycling among this population group.   

Practicalities:

Date & Time: Thursday 7th March 2019, 12:30 - 13:45. 

Location: Lecture hall H, Faculty of TPM, Delft University of Technology. 

Free lunch included if you sign-up before March 5th! 

Sign-up required, you can do so here.